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Virginia City and Gold Hill Water Company Building

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1874. Southwest corner of S. B and Taylor sts.
  • (Photograph by Julie Nicoletta)

The Water Company Building is one of the more visual components of the Marlette Lake Water System, a considerable engineering feat that brought water from the Sierra Nevada to Virginia City. The two-story, wood-frame building stands on a stone rubble foundation, its elaborate Italianate doorway and window surrounds and brackets almost lost under many coats of white paint. Built by the Water Company in 1874 for corporate office space, it retains much of its original appearance and is one of the better examples of commercial architecture on B Street.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


What's Nearby


Julie Nicoletta, "Virginia City and Gold Hill Water Company Building", [, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 92-92.

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